Why the F-35 Might Not Suck

In defense of the embattled Joint Strike Fighter

by MATTHEW GAULT

An F-35B lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS ‘Wasp’ on Aug. 14, 2013. U.S. Navy photo

Long-time readers of War Is Boring know where we stand on Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter. The F-35 loses in dogfights, is billions of dollars over budget and just catches fire sometimes.

This week on War College, Andrea Shalal, Reuters’ longtime aerospace correspondent, gives a counterpoint to the show’s very first episode, which focused on the flaws of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane and program. She describes a program that’s back on track, despite its possible trillion-dollar price tag.

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